August 25, 2014
Obesity is a major problem around the world and it affects everyone. Children are predisposed to being obese due to their parents. There have been a number of studies done to see if a child is prone to being overweight because of their parent. Data has been collected and analyzed and it shows that children are obese because of their parents. Definition of the Problem
The study was conducted to resolve childhood obesity in children whose mothers are overweight. The risk is greater when a child’s parents are obese and part of certain environments. The problem is important for health care administrators to study because the problem is a global issue and continues to increase over the years. Study Purpose
The purpose of the study was to research the risk of obese women and the risk to their children for childhood obesity. The study provides information on different women and their families who have children in their homes from the ages of 2 through 18. The husbands or fathers of the children’s information were included in the study, which made the fathers also a part of this study to help provide an overall study of the family. Research Question
The main question of the research is not clearly stated, but it is understood through the research and the information provided within the reading. In this study there are a couple of questions regarding the research. Can obesity in children be changed through activity, nutrition information and changed behavior is the question the research asks. Another question posed in the reading is the parents aware of the affect that their obesity has on their children.
The hypotheses of the study are: If the family changed their behaviors, the obesity rate in children and their families would be lower and Mothers who are overweight are prone to have children whom are overweight. The research and facts provided through this study would have to support the hypotheses. The numbers regarding the percentage of overweight children and their families are shown in the study. The guidance from the nurses and the facility that performed the study is also provided in the study. The Study
The theoretical framework used to guide this study is the use of a family based outlook. The theoretical perspective that was used to perform this study was Golan and Weizman. There were a total of 98 subjects who participated in this study and they learned about the study by a flyer that was placed on a counter in the facility that they were visiting. This was a cross sectional study and the participants were recruited through a southern California weight loss clinic from January of 2011 through July 2012. The information on the fathers was gathered from the mothers involved in the study. The Family Nutrition Physical Activity tool, which consisted of 20 questions, was used to gather information from the study subjects. The study subjects also completed 10 questions regarding how long they had been participating in weight loss program at the clinic. Once the subjects completed the 10 questions about their demographics and the 20 questions from the FNPA tool, the information gathered was inputted and verified.
The study was focused on obesity within families and how it affects childhood obesity. Obesity is an issue that needs to be addressed because it is causing health issues in children that cause them to not be as active as they should be. This issue needs to be addressed during visits to the family physician and families need to be taught how to provide the tools and nutrition that their families need to be a health weight. The obesity rate will continue to grow in lower income families because the resource that they need are not available to them due to where they reside or they are unable to afford the foods necessary to cook health meals for their families.
James, K.S., Matsangas, P., & Connelly, C.D. (2013, December). Childhood Obesity Risk in Overweight Mothers: Support for Screening. ICAN: Infant, Child & Adolescent Nutrition, 5(6), 375-382.